Vixen Chat: Mýa Talks New Album 'K.I.S.S,' Sex + Fitness
It’s been quite some time since the songstress graced the airwaves with her melodic sounds, even though she’s been taking beauty to the streets and kicking up a storm with her music in Japan. But in case you missed the memo, Grammy Award-winning singer Mýa, is back in action with her new LP K.I.S.S, giving everyone a dose of old school flavor with a new school twist. K.I.S.S cooks up a few techno and upbeat bangers with singles such as “Somebody Come Get This Bitch” and “Earthquake” featuring Trina finishing off with a few love songs and motivating hits exuding Mýa’s effortless and angelic sound. Expect an earful of hits followed by visuals later on this year. We haven’t seen her put her trained dancing skills to the test since Dancing With The Stars, but of course you didn’t expect a new album without seeing her dance up a storm in a new video, right?
It was 2007 when we last spoke with Mýa when she graced the cover of our Summer Beauty Issue wherein she gave us a close personal look into her love life, dishing on a few toxic relationships she stuck only to become liberated. Tapping her inner and outer sexy in the likes of Roberto Cavalli, Versace and Sergio Rossi, she served up a couple vogue-esque poses in the issue. Recently, Mýa revealed that we are in-sync besides our shared Libra sign, with a common love for Dolce & Gabbana and Giuseppe Zanotti designs which we love to step out on the town flaunting.
Like many women out there, she’s had her fair share of frogs and is still waiting for “Mr. Incredible” to sweep her off her feet with a kiss. But for now she’s keeping it sexy simple, still making sure that if she has 99 problems, a man ain’t one. In our recent chat with Mýa, the songstress discussed her new album, thoughts on the current music scene, advice she’d give to her younger self and how she manages to keep her incredible body fit. - Kamille Cooper
We’ve been rocking with you ever since you first dropped onto the scene with It’s All About Me, so of course we made it our mission to pick up your latest album K.I.S.S. What would you say is your inspiration behind K.I.S.S, and what role did you play in the artistic development of it?
K.I.S.S. was inspired by the place that I'm in right now in life, personally and professionally. It stands for "Keep It Sexy & Simple.” I don't care for excessive, unnecessary drama & negative energy. I function properly, feel better, do better, look better and treat others better when there's less clutter. Positive energy and attitude is sexy to me.
As the artist, I wrote, co-wrote, engineered and vocally produced a bulk of this album. As an executive producer, I scouted the producers, assembled & selected which songs made the cut, arranged the track listing and saw every process through from the mixing and mastering to the art direction, album layout and more.
What’s your favorite song(s) off the album?
Favorite Slow Jam: "Can I" produced by Snatch & Grab
Favorite Substance Record: "Evolve" produced by Lee Major
Favorite Club Banger: "Earthquake" featuring Trina produced by Young Yonny
“Mr. Incredible” is my favorite song. It reminds me of a chapter 2 of “My First Night with You.”Considering that it's V-Day, I have to ask: do you have a “Mr. Incredible” in your life right now?
Aww, Valentine's Day. I'll be digitally making K.I.S.S. available worldwide via iTunes today. No "Mr. Incredible" at the moment. Miss Mya is still single.
What would you tell your less experienced self about sex, love and being sexy?
Sex is sex, an act of physical pleasure and exchange, hopefully. Sex is natural, sometimes embraced and often shunned, but it comes with great responsibility. DO NOT get the act of sex and feelings of lust confused with love. DO NOT create pie in the sky expectations because you choose to cross the line. Sex with self is always another option [Laughs].
Love is internal, eternal, infinite and unconditional. True love has no selfish, hidden agenda. Love is patient, accepting and forgiving even when love doesn't agree. Love can transform the word "sex" into "making love," when a greater dimension is experienced and when two become one.
Being sexy to me is possessing the full package. The brains, the drive, inner confidence, spiritual foundation, a positive attitude, proceeding through obstacles, making a positive contribution to the world and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Let’s talk a little about your fitness routine because you have a nicely toned body many of us would die for. What kind of fitness tips and advice can you suggest?
Cardio is great. Elliptical, treadmill, biking and swimming, but that can be so boring. I find myself taking the stairs versus the elevator, when I can't necessarily get to a gym. But I think keeping it fun, so it doesn't feel like such a task, is where us ladies can feel motivated and be consistent. Grab a girlfriend or two, take a Zumba class, a pole class, go roller-skating. Have a girl’s night and play some Wii [fitness games], if the gym is not your deal. You'd be surprised on how things tone up from simple fun.
How about the Master Cleanse? How effective is that in helping someone shed a few pounds?
The master cleanse is not for everyone and can be very dangerous. I'd suggest getting a professional nutritionist to create a meal plan based on their body and lifestyle.
How do you maintain such flawless skin? I’m sure it has a lot to do with diet?
H20 is essential. There's absolutely no soda in my diet. Lots of fruits and vegetables, and I stay away from fried foods. Basic skin care is secondary.
Lastly, what do you think makes a Vixen?
A Vixen possesses confidence--quiet or loud. Her inner fire speaks volumes on the outside.